Seven’s night as the oldies watched Dancing With The Stars in both the metros and the regions (where Seven had a crushing win). Ten was third and the ABC fourth in the metros, but the positions were reversed in the regions where Ten’s main channel share sank to just 8.1% (it was 11.9% in the metros).

Dancing With The Stars last night might have been a one off, but Seven should consider it on a regular basis — it only dropped 17,000 viewers from the regular Tuesday night episode — 1.333 million v 1.350 million. It gave Seven a win in the key 24 to 54 age group (Nine won the 16 to 39 and 18 to 49 with Big Brother which managed 834,000 national viewers) because it easily out rated the tripe known as Beauty And The Geek Australia which averaged 866,000 national viewers across the two eps from last week. That’s more than 400,000 extra viewers last night for Seven, which drove it to the solid metro win and bigger victory in the regions. The Halloween theme made Dancing With The Stars fun and not as po-faced as it normally is. For that 400,000 or so people, Thursday night on Seven was interesting instead of being a no watch zone when Beauty And The Geek is on.

It’s Halloween and I think all well meaning Australians should be alert and alarmed and watching out for all the little kiddies who will be out in packs roaming the streets on the hunt for chocolate and its various sugar based-based derivatives. And after the warnings from that nice Mr Morrison, I will be especially alert to the “Lone Wolf”, the child, operating alone and raiding my chockie basket. I’ll be ready to take down these little buggers, defending our Judeo Christian Sugar society, on this the most important day of the year for these “chocolatists”.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (31.5%)
  2. Nine (27.1%)
  3. Ten (18.3%)
  4. ABC (16.8%)
  5. SBS (6.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (21.0%)
  2. Nine (18.5%)
  3. Ten (11.9%)
  4. ABC (11.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.1%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.4%)
  2. 7mate (5.2%)
  3. GO (4.4%)
  4. Gem (4.3%)
  5. Eleven (3.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Home and Away (Seven) – 1.376 million
  2. Nine News — 1.366 million
  3. Dancing With The Stars (Seven) — 1.333 million
  4. Seven News — 1.174 million
  5. Kings Cross ER (Nine) — 1.111 million
  6. ABC  News — 976,000
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 971,000
  8. Nine News 6.30 — 945,000
  9. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 917,000
  10. Catalyst (ABC) — 901,000

Losers:  Seven’s 6pm News in Sydney and Melbourne. Not only were they well beaten by Nine News in both markets, but viewers actually turned on to watch the 6.30 part in Sydney (10,000) and Melbourne (34,000) of the hour long broadcasts. It was all a bit illogical became the same reader is hosting the news! Perhaps they were late getting home.Viewers, go figure!Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News 956,000
  2. Nine News 6.30 945,000
  3. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 917,000
  4. Seven News — 893,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 812,000
  6. ABC News — 649,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 586,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News 521,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 518,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 415,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 344,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 280,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC,  98,000 + 34,000 on News 24) — 132,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 115,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 105,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 46,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Sports 2 (3.1%)
  2. LifeStyle  (3.0%)
  3. Fox 8  (2.6%)
  4. TVHITS  (2.4%)
  5. UKTV (1.9%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Grand Designs Australia (LifeStyle) – 105,000
  2. Cricket: 2nd Test, Pakistan v Aust (Fox Sports 2) – 96,000
  3. Cricket: 2nd Test, Pakistan v Aust (Fox Sports 2) – 68,000
  4. Cricket: 2nd Test, Pakistan v Aust (Fox Sports 2) –  67,000
  5. Family Guy (Fox) – 61,000

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